Monthly Archives: August 2019

As another recession looms, states can strengthen education funding to soften the blow to schools

30 Aug
math teacher
Financial experts have said time and time again that it is not a matter of if the United States will experience another recession, but when. And although it is extremely difficult to forecast when the economy will shift, or how policymakers at the local, state and federal level will respond, there appears to be a concern shared by many in education circles: a recession could easily upend policies throughout the country that prioritize equitable spending in schools. In the last...

Legislative agreement reached on charter schools bill

29 Aug
On Wednesday evening (Aug. 28), Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that an agreement has been reached with legislative leadership on Assembly Bill 1505 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach), a bill that would make substantial changes to processes governing charter school petitions and renewals. The exact details of this agreement are still being worked out, and the amended bill language is not yet in print as of this writing. CSBA will report on additional details of AB 1505 when the amended language is made...

Assembly District 1 race heads to November runoff

28 Aug
The race to fill the vacant Assembly District 1 seat is headed for a Nov. 5 runoff between Democrat Elizabeth Betancourt and Republican Megan Dahle, after the two garnered 39.1 percent and 36.2 percent of the vote, respectively, as of late Tuesday evening. Betancourt, a local farmer and small business owner, was the lone Democrat in a five-person race, while Dahle snagged the highest percentage of the vote among the four Republicans. Dahle is a former school board member of...

E-cigarette maker Juul allegedly still marketing to teens

27 Aug
Two new lawsuits out of Illinois are targeting the San Francisco e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs Inc. for allegedly using deceptive marketing campaigns to target teens. News of the complaints broke just under a year after reports that the company had offered districts in California stipends of as much as $20,000 to adopt a vaping curriculum to be taught by Juul consultants. In a study published last year in the Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers claimed the curriculum failed to emphasize...

Teachers nationwide show strong support for mental health, SEL focus to improve school safety

22 Aug
African-American teacher
As the nation’s schools begin a new academic year, a survey finds that most teachers say the majority of their students do not feel very safe at school. And to have the biggest impact on improving school safety, educators surveyed by the Education Week Research Center said none of their top three choices include “hardening” measures such as security cameras or police officers. Instead, all three focus on students’ social-emotional well-being and mental health. Education Week’s 2019 Safety and Social-Emotional...

New study finds high-need students see both benefits and pitfalls from LCFF

20 Aug
Latino student
Six years after California policymakers enacted the Local Control Funding Formula for K-12 public schools, the goal of providing additional resources to high-need districts is being met. A new study, however, suggests several hurdles still need to be addressed to ensure all students receive the support they need. Researchers at the Public Policy Institute of California found that while more money is being funneled to districts serving larger populations of low-income students, English learners and homeless or foster youth, high-need...

Concerns about bias, anti-Semitism dominate Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum feedback

19 Aug
public school building
After myriad advocacy organizations sounded their opposition to the first draft of California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, the State Board of Education indicated in a statement that the curriculum will be “substantially redesigned.” The statement, from State Board President Linda Darling-Hammond, board Vice President Ilene Straus and board member liaison to the Instructional Quality Commission Feliza Ortiz-Licon, acknowledges that a “model curriculum should be accurate, free of bias, appropriate for all learners in our diverse state, and align with Governor...

Update: SB 328 placed on Assembly Appropriations suspense file

14 Aug
Senate Bill 328 (Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge) was placed on the Assembly Appropriations Committee suspense file during the committee’s hearing this morning. The Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees will both hear their respective suspense files the last week of August, determining whether SB 328 (along with the numerous other fiscal bills on the suspense file) will advance to the floor in September.  The Assembly Appropriations Committee analysis of the bill opines that the measure could result in “tens of millions...

Watching out for the health and safety of student athletes

13 Aug
Whether it’s hitting a home run, crossing the finish line or simply being part of a team, extracurricular athletics are influential to the educational experience of many students. Students in these programs experience enhanced school engagement by being part of an athletic program. Research shows that higher grades, graduation rates and scores on state assessments, as well as lower dropout rates, are seen among student athletes in comparison to non-athletes. To actualize these positive attributes, and, most importantly, to properly...

Nationwide poll sees school funding’s importance rise in the eyes of parents, teachers

12 Aug
Awareness and frustration with the continued underfunding of the nation’s public schools has reached a point at which 58 percent of teachers say they would vote to strike for higher funding for school programs. And for the 18th consecutive year, Americans said the lack of financial support is the biggest problem facing their local schools. These attitudes are just some of the key findings in the 2019 PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, available at